By ART CHANCE
Let us transport ourselves back 80 years: On Dec. 7, 1941, the Imperial Japanese Navy all but destroyed the US Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and launched a war against America and other Western interests in the Pacific region.
Fast forward: In December of 2019 a biological weapon was launched against the US and Western interests from China.
We don’t need to determine whether the release of the Covid-19 virus was accidental or intentional, we only need to look at the reaction to the release. Once the release was discovered, the Chinese closed off all internal transportation and communication with the Wuhan province, yet it allowed Wuhan to maintain communication with the Western world. Every Chinese citizen who traveled to the West from Wuhan, whether it was an act of war, or simply serendipity, was a biologically armed cruise missile aimed at the Western World.
This isn’t 1941 or 1962; there is no FDR or JFK who will pronounce it a day that will live in infamy or who will promise to pay any price and bear any burden to set it right.
We live in the World of the Beltway wimps and the soy boys. We still have some warriors in our military but the Left is doing its best to extirpate them, just as they are trying to eliminate police on our streets.
I’m writing this in the evening Alaska time on June 5, which is 5-ish am English time on June 6. At this time on June 6, 1944, there were about 150,000 men crammed into landing craft approaching the French coast. Few of the troops were veterans. The command tried to somewhat leaven the force with men who’d seen combat in North Africa or Italy, but most were raw recruits who, while well-trained, had never seen combat.
There is an argument for this from the Civil War, when commanders learned that troops who had assaulted fixed works and survived were very reluctant to do it again, see, e.g. Cold Harbor.
Although the Germans didn’t really expect the Allied invasion to come on the Normandy Coast, it was nonetheless very heavily defended. That said, most of the German frontline troops were not veteran fighters; other than a few SS tank units and Panzer Grenadiers called to the Western Front, most were rear echelon troops. The primary Allied objective was to prevent the seasoned SS Panzer units and Panzer Grenadiers from reinforcing the troops on the front line.
The Allied troops who assaulted that line were in high school a couple of years before; their officers were at most a couple of years older. If you’ll recall that scene in “Saving Private Ryan” when the camera pans the horizon crowded with ships, it is important to know that the only things in that scene that existed on Dec. 7, 1941, were two WWI battleships and the men themselves who were in high school. Everything else had been built by American industry in scarcely three years.
We have been cowering behind our desks and staying in our homes for almost two years because of a threat that may well be nothing more than a scam, a psy-ops operation. Funny how influenza and pneumonia disappeared as causes of death during the “pandemic.”
Our fathers were better than this.
“Then out spake brave Horatius,
The Captain of the Gate:
To every man upon this earth
Death cometh soon or late.
And how can man die better
Than facing fearful odds,
For the ashes of his fathers,
And the temples of his gods”
― Thomas Babington Macaulay, Lays of Ancient Rome
Art Chance is a retired Director of Labor Relations for the State of Alaska, formerly of Juneau and now living in Anchorage. He is the author of the book, “Red on Blue, Establishing a Republican Governance,” available at Amazon.